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Barbara Alsop 
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Re: “UVM Medical Center Cancels Some Surgeries Ahead of Planned Nurses' Strike

When Vermont's nurses come in at 47 on the pay scale out of 50 states, in a city where the cost of living is as high as big cities all over the country, how the heck are they supposed to live and support families? A 24% raise will not even bring them up to the halfway point in national nursing wages and people call foul. When you r work is extra taxing because of staffing problems and you are being paid a pittance, is it a wonder that you might want to strike?

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Posted by Barbara Alsop on 07/11/2018 at 5:55 PM

Re: “Walters: Scott, Lawmakers Clear Path to Special Session

Of course Scott didn't want to have to veto the spending and tax bills for a second year in a row. He's already facing pressure from the gun rights lobby and he'll lose some of his patina as nice guy if he plays a bully two years in a row, sloughing off the more "liberal" side of his base. He's now got his eyes on November and every move is political. He has to keep Jason Gibbs on a leash if he wants to come out of this with a hope of success in his re-election. If he has a credible opponent, he's got work to do.

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Posted by Barbara Alsop on 05/18/2018 at 2:49 PM

Re: “Walters: Team Scott Turns Up the Heat on Lawmakers

Can anyone take Phil Scott seriously? It's May already, and his folks are throwing jury-rigged last minute schemes at the legislature and he's demanding they agree to something he hasn't even proposed yet. Talk about leading from behind! This is not an autocracy. If he had some ideas about this, he should have proposed them earlier so that the legislature could do its job. You remember the catch phrase: due diligence? How is it due diligence to cave to tinpot dictator?

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Posted by Barbara Alsop on 04/30/2018 at 2:51 PM

Re: “Principled Stand? Why Vermont's Former Ed Chief Split With Scott

Phil Scott is acting like a tinpot dictator. Nobody knew, when he ran for governor that he intended to trash our time-honored local control of education and micromanage from Montpelier. If only he cared so much about water quality.....

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Posted by Barbara Alsop on 04/18/2018 at 2:51 PM

Re: “Ahead of Would-Be Shooter's Release, Scott Urges Passage of 'Domestic Terrorism' Law

The Supreme Court's decision was not surprising to practitioners of the law. These criminal charges were an effort to fit a round peg into a square hole. The law recently signed by the governor is a much better way to handle cases like this one.

Jack Sawyer was caught before he could perform an "attempt." This is good police work (although there were some oddities in it too). The new law gives the community some protection when those intent on doing harm are caught before anyone has been hurt or the actor has gone too far in his preparations.

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Posted by Barbara Alsop on 04/13/2018 at 5:27 PM

Re: “Selling the Herd: A Milk Price Crisis Is Devastating Vermont's Dairy Farms

Dairy prices are low for two primary reasons: the greed of Big Ag and the great downturn in the consumption of dairy products in this country. There has been a steady decline in consumption since the 1970s and it's accelerating now with the vast numbers of plant-based milk coming to the market. They are healthier than cows' milk, having no saturated fat, and none of the downsides (can you say pus?) that are allowed in the current dairy model. The pus is a byproduct of the large increase in production in a cow's body that is supposed to make enough milk for one or two young that is now forced to produce 10 or 100 times that amount to meet the production needs of the farmers. They get mastitis at a much higher rate because of the overuse of their udders. They wear out in four to five years because of this overproduction, although their natural lifespan should be 15-25 years.

So, yeah, dairy is in trouble. And like a cancer, it is the growing operations, the mega-dairies, that will survive for a while before the total crash. This cancer will kill the industry, as it is killing the family farm and the poor cows who are forcefully impregnated every year and kept in a perpetual state of either pregnancy or trying to get them pregnant, taking their babies away within 24-48 hours so that humans can consume the milk made to turn baby calves into 700+ pound giants in one year. Go figure.

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Posted by Barbara Alsop on 04/13/2018 at 5:12 PM

Re: “Call to ‘Make Vermont Great Again’ Dismays Some GOP Lawmakers

I simply love the way Vermont Republicans continue to shoot themselves in the foot.

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Posted by Barbara Alsop on 04/12/2018 at 1:30 PM

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